Extended little fingers, quaint little china things and frilly tablecloths generally come to mind when one imagines the “proper” way of drinking tea. However, this beloved beverage trickled down from upper classes, through the hands of smugglers into all sections of society in the 18th century. So it has been sipped, glugged and slurped by the masses for years. We have come a long way since then but there still seems to be a set of rules cemented in British Culture that relate back to the 18th century drawing room dweller.
Tea is for everyone. So our question is, how should we drink a cup of tea in 2016? Does the milk come before or after? Is it rude to slurp? Should pinkies be out or in?
As the tea experts who aren’t afraid break the norm, we have broken down the laws of tea drinking for the modern, conscious sipper. Here it goes:
Respect the leaf and the people that grow it. The man hours that go into making the nation’s favourite beverage often go unnoticed, so take the time to find a tea that is Fairtrade or grown where workers are treated fairly. (Psssst. If you’re stuck for options, our entire range is Fairtrade! Click here to find out what this means).
- Always offer a cuppa!
There’s no excuse for solo brewing in a social environment. If you don’t offer a cuppa then people will just think you are odd. You only have to say one word: “Tea?” You can even offer without saying anything! You can raise your eyebrows or use a hand gesture (which can also double up as time-out), so be nice and ask whoever is around!
- Choose your mug wisely
Some like a good lip. Others like a chunky bucket. Cherish the beverage and find your perfect cup.
- Get to grips with your bag
Pyramids and loose tea need around 4 mins to brew, string and tag teabags need about 2-3 for the perfect brew. [Click here to find out which teabag is you should use]
- Milk comes AFTER
Technically, the cold milk cools the water and slows the brew.
- Stir – Like a Martini.
Get those flavours moving!
Slurping your tea enables oxygen to move the aromas around your taste buds so you can better taste your brew! So if you have ever been told off for slurping, this is the best come back.
- Pinkies up or down?
We’re not fussed just don’t drop it and waste your liquid gold.
Want to be a tea expert? Keep an eye for our next tea school blog post!
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